California Gun Restraining Order Law Rarely Used

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A California law allowing certain people to ask judges to bar individuals who are believed to be dangerous from having guns is rarely being used. The law allows family members, roommates and police officers to seek gun restraining orders that can remain in effect for up to a year. But the Los Angeles Times reports there have been fewer than 200 orders issued in the first two years of the law, which went into effect in January 2016. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has supported the law as a life-saving tool. He says the lack of many restraining orders in Los Angeles County indicates more training about the law would be helpful. Santa Clara County Supervising Deputy District Attorney Marisa McKeown agrees that awareness of the law is key.

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